Linkin’ Log (for 04-29-07)

Most Katrina Aid From Overseas Went Unclaimed—The Washington Post reports on how, after Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. government inexplicably turned down “many allies’ offers of manpower, supplies and expertise worth untold millions of dollars” and also failed “to collect most of the unprecedented outpouring of international cash assistance for Katrina’s victims.”

• Borders Spell Trouble for Arab-American—The New York Times reports on the case of an Arab-American man who, like a good many individuals of Middle Eastern descent, is regularly being subjected (without explanation) to intense scrutiny by border patrol agents—”he has been fingerprinted 14 times, his body searched 9 times, been handcuffed 4 times and isolated in a separate detention room 13 times.”

• Too Many Hazardous Waste Sites In Minority Areas—The Seattle Times (via Common Dreams) reports on a recent study showing that “there are a disproportionate number of hazardous-waste facilities” located near communities comprised largely of minority groups and that “over the last 20 years minorities have been subjected to excessive levels of toxic pollutants from sites that have negatively affected their health and, often, property values.”

• Web photo haunts graduate—The Lancaster (Penn.) Intelligencer Journal reports on how a local woman is suing Millersville University—and rightly so—”for denying her an education degree and teaching certificate after a controversial Internet photograph surfaced last year shortly before graduation.”